Dhana Sabanathan


Dhana is a Partner in the Tax, Trusts and Succession team in London, part of the Firm's private wealth group. She joined Michelmores in 2023 from Winckworth Sherwood, where she was a Partner in the Private Business and Wealth team for over five years, and prior to that a Partner at an international law firm. 

Dhana's experience is in the private client and wealth management sector, where she specialises in working with high net worth and ultra-high net worth individuals, family offices, entrepreneurs, corporates and owner-managed businesses. She advises significant family offices and in addition to UK based clients, acts for clients based in Europe, the US, Asia and the Middle East.

'Independently ranked' for Private Wealth Law in the Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2022 and recommended in the Legal 500, Dhana is also recognised in the Citywealth Leaders List as well as Eprivate Client. She is a contributing author at LexisNexis, a member of STEP and on the committee for the STEP City of London branch. She was awarded Silver in the "Woman of the Year – Business Growth Mid Size" category in the 2021 Citywealth Powerwomen Awards.

Dhana regularly writes articles on tax and trust updates (published in the Financial Times) and enjoys speaking at conferences, including hosting an annual conference for our intermediary contacts.

Recent Experience

  • Advising on and drafting documents for offshore structuring (trust, foundation and private trust company structures) for tax, asset protection and succession purposes.
  • Advising individuals, trustees and companies on reporting requirements, including trust registers, the Register of Overseas Entities, as well as the implications of FATCA and the Common Reporting Standard (CRS)
  • Advising on SDLT, Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings (ATED), ATED related gains and Non Resident CGT rules in respect of high value UK residential property and de-enveloping property owning structures.
  • Advising entrepreneurs on restructuring their business prior to potential exit
  • Advising individuals ceasing UK residence (including relocation advice) and pre-UK residence tax planning
  • Complex Will drafting for international couples, in particular to incorporate US and UK tax planning
  • Advising on HMRC enquiries and compliance checks, including domicile queries.